Due to the warm weather, Bubbles, Magdalena (who goes by goes by Maggie), Hota and Pachon were the only Humboldt penguins to take a stroll around the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo on Saturday.
The Kansas City Zoo has been holding penguin marches since the Helzberg Penguin Plaza opened in October 2013, zoo marketing director Julie Neemeyer said. The marches are part of an enrichment program that allows the birds to see new environments and meet the public outside the glass walls.
Because of the warm weather, the Humboldts (a South American species found on the coasts of Chile and Peru) were the only birds taking a stroll Saturday. The gentoo and king penguins, found in the South Atlantic, will be brought out in the winter.
Zookeepers will lead the birds around the building every fourth weekend in the coming months, barring any dangerous weather or unforeseen circumstances. In December, all the penguins will march every weekend.